You have to get one thing straight here: Once you’ve set foot on foreign soil, you are automatically marked as a potential target. And to avoid becoming a potential victim, you should always keep your precious belongings safe.
Avoid Theft, Keep Your Belongings Safe
Indeed, theft is the last thing you want to deal with while on holiday. And worst still, theft of your valuables (particularly your travel documents) is a headache that can be avoided if you are simply wary and careful while travelling — common sense being the keyword here.
Do not expose your valuables and make yourself a great, big, shiny target for potential pickpockets. In fact, if you don’t need to, don’t wear anything of high value on you.
As for your electronics, it’d probably be better if you do not bring them on the trip in the first place — apart from your cameras and smartphones of course, which you should keep securely with you at all times. If bringing along your laptop is somehow a necessity, we’d suggest leaving it in a safety box in your hotel room while you’re out and about.
As for cash, there’s a saying that rings true in this case — don’t put all your eggs in the same basket. Avoid carrying too much cash on you and store them in smaller amounts in various safe places on your person.
And in the same vein, sometimes it pays to pay attention to your surroundings. While you’re out living your dream vacation, try to find out as much information as possible about your surroundings. It can be info from the locals or from any of the thousands of resources online; find out which places you should skip in order to avoid a potential mugging.
Alternatively, listen to your gut instinct and try to avoid any shady routes/alleys/isolated spots even if it is a shortcut — your belongings (and life) may very well depend on it.